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Jessica Lang Dance: founder and artistic director Jessica Lang

Friday, April 11, 2014

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Presented by DANCECleveland, Jessica Lang Dance makes their Ohio debut Saturday, April 12 at 8:00pm at the Ohio Theatre. Photo by Todd Burnsed

About the company
Founded in 2011, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) is a New York City-based dance company dedicated to creating and performing the work of Jessica Lang. JLD enriches and inspires global audiences by immersing them in the beauty of movement and music. Hailed as “a master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine, Lang seamlessly incorporates striking design elements and transforms classical ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary works.

Since the company’s inception, marked by Lang’s receipt of a Joyce Theater Artist Residency supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, JLD has garnered significant attention and acclaim, thrilling audiences at major venues throughout the country including two consecutive seasons at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival where JLD made its full company debut in 2012, The Joyce Theater, New York City Center and most recently at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas where the company’s performance was chosen as the best dance event of 2013.

JLD has received numerous grants and funding from organizations including the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Japan Foundation New York and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

In February 2014, JLD will perform a week-long engagement at the Joyce Theater, followed by tours to Park City, Cleveland, Guatemala and Beverly Hills where the company will close the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ inaugural season. In May 2014, JLD will make its Washington, D.C. debut with the premiere of a new work commissioned by the Kennedy Center, choreographed by Lang and accompanied live by the National Symphony Orchestra as part of NEW MOVES: Symphony + Dance festival.

About Jessica Lang
Jessica Lang has attained rare levels of success as a female choreographer continuously working with ballet companies across the U.S. and abroad since 1999. Described as having “established a reputation for concocting ingenious choreographic interactions between dancing bodies and the movements of striking set and costume pieces” (Kansas City Star), Lang has created more than 80 works on companies including The National Ballet of Japan at the New National Theatre Tokyo, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet San Jose, Richmond Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ailey II, ABT II, Hubbard Street 2 and New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, among many others. American Ballet Theatre presented her work at the Metropolitan Opera House in 2008 and 2011 while her ballet Lyric Pieces, commissioned and performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet earned a nomination for a coveted 2013 Manchester Theatre Award in the UK. Lang received outstanding acclaim for her choreography and directorial debut of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the 2013 Glimmerglass Opera Festival. She has received commissions from the Dallas Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum for its Works and Process series.

Lang’s work has been performed by The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, The Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, Marymount Manhattan College, SUNY Purchase College, Southern Methodist University, Princeton University, University of Richmond, and Point Park University, among others. She is on faculty of American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School as well as a teaching artist for the Make A Ballet program.

Lang has received numerous grants for her work on ballet companies from organizations including the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Choo San Goh Foundation. Her receipt of a 2010 Joyce Theater Artist Residency supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation helped launch her own company, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD).

Coming up this season, The National Ballet of Japan will premiere an original work by Lang at the New National Theatre Tokyo. Lang has also been commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra to create a new work for JLD to premiere in May 2014. Lang’s work From Foreign Lands and People will be restaged on Dayton Ballet and Lines Squared on Richmond Ballet, while students from The Juilliard School, Princeton University, Oklahoma University and Douglas Anderson Performing Arts High School will perform her work throughout the spring semester.

Lang, a graduate of The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy, is a former member of Twyla Tharp’s company, THARP!

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